Building » Pembridge (chapel of ease to Paddock Wood) – St Anselm

Pembridge (chapel of ease to Paddock Wood) – St Anselm

Lower Green Road, Pembury, Kent TN2

A very modest chapel of no particular architectural or historic interest, located in a conservation area.

In 1964 land was bought in Lower Green Road and a hall built adjacent to a Victorian house, which became the presbytery in 1965 when the Pembury and Paddock Wood Mission was established. In the same year a small chapel was opened in the presbytery. In 1977 Pembury & Paddock Wood became a parish. In 1978 the presbytery at Pembury was sold and the parish priest moved into the presbytery at Paddock Wood, the parish becoming Paddock Wood and Pembury, the former now the dominant site. Pembury was without a chapel for two years until 1980 when a tiny chapel was added to the existing hall, dedicated to St Anselm and designed by T. Houliham & Associates.

The church hall is the dominant building on the site and is a typically utilitarian 1960s structure. The little chapel is set at right-angles, forming an L and with a folding screen between the two. Next to the chapel, and constructed at the same time, are a store, office and lobby giving separate access. The chapel is built of brick to match the hall and has a monopitch roof, which pitches down from the altar. There are no windows but the chapel is lit from a rooflight which runs across its width above the altar.  The walls inside are finished in fair-faced brick and the altar slab is built into the wall, interrupting a pair of brick pilasters. The furnishings are generally from elsewhere and mention may be made of the tabernacle, built into the wall, which has a bejewelled brass door.

Heritage Details


Original Date: 1964

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed